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The Sellwood Community House borrowed SMBA's 'Moreland Monster March' and moved it to Sellwood for a year

DAVID F. ASHTON - Although billed as a Mini Monster March, this substitute holiday parade, hosted by the Sellwood Community House, turned out to be substantial, as a crowd estimated at 500 revelers marched around Sellwood streets in the vicinity of the Community House. Two days before Hallowe'en, the staff and volunteers at the nonprofit Sellwood Community House went all-out with their own 2021 Spooktacular – in the afternoon and evening of Friday, October 29.

With S.E. Spokane Street closed off in front of the building – which used to be PP&R's Sellwood Community Center – families had fun with the arts, crafts, and carnival games set up there – and with a goat petting zoo, provided by "Portland Goat Parties".

Earlier in the day, they'd hosted "Spooky Songs" with Mr. Hoo, Kelli Weille, and Jessica Campbell, with pumpkin cookies for all.

Starting at 4:30 p.m., they hosted a lower-key "Sensory Sensitive" Spooktacular time for those seeking a quieter celebration.

Then, at 5:15 p.m. led by remaining members of the Portland Police Bureau's Motorcycle Officers group – and in view of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance having cancelled their Moreland Monster March this year, due to the ongoing pandemic – they commenced a "Mini Monster March" parade in the immediate vicinity. It headed west on Spokane Street, turned north on 13th Avenue, then east on Malden Street, returning to the Community House along S.E. 15th Avenue. The street swelled with revelers who walked the route; as many as 500 participants were in the parade.

DAVID F. ASHTON  - Cuddling a goat in the Halloween petting zoo was Amalie Asbjornsen."I think this is a really great way for the community to connect together – especially during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic," SCH Recreation Coordinator

Mackenzie Torres remarked to THE BEE. "We like to see people have a good time, connect, and be together." The SMBA does currently plan to resume its two-decades-old, much-larger Moreland Monster March next Hallowe'en in Westmoreland. But the Sellwood Community House will again be having a Hallowe'en party for the neighborhood!

In the meantime, here's a quick video look at this year's celebration:

youtu.be/tXsiilWjl40


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